Genolier Swiss Medical Network (GSMN): Clinique de Genolier opens new operating suite

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24.06.2011 17:35

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Genolier has invested almost CHF 16 million to create one of the most
up-to-date operating suites in Europe.

Clinique de Genolier is opening its new operating suite following a
meticulous study in cooperation with top specialists and GSMN surgeons.
With a total area of 1,300 m2 and 5 operating rooms of 40 to 70 m2, it will
receive its first patient in July following 18 months of construction work.
The suite has integrated digital rooms and a hybrid room allowing the use
of technologies such as IORT (Intra-operative Radiation Therapy) and
robotics. The block housing the operating rooms has been completely rebuilt
for a total investment of close to CHF 16 million.

The new operating rooms are equipped with the latest innovations in medical
technology, including in particular 55-inch high-definition TV screens for
telemedicine. These screens can be connected internally (radiology,
scanner, imagery) or externally, enabling videoconferencing with other
hospitals in Switzerland or abroad, as well as the live transmission of an
operation for viewing by the patient's doctor. 'This operating area has
very few equivalents in Switzerland,' explains Antoine Hubert managing
director of Clinique de Genolier. 'It is a necessary requirement in order
to offer our surgeons the best possible working conditions, ensuring that
our patients are completely satisfied and operated on more quickly in a
highly secure environment.' Thanks to the size of the high-definition
images, surgeons will more easily be able to carry out invasive
microsurgery using micro-instruments. The risk of collateral damage to
tissue close to the operating site will thus be diminished and visible
scarring reduced to almost zero.

These advances and the associated gains in productivity will also have the
advantage of reducing the patient's hospital stay by greatly lessening side
effects and the risk of infection. Here, Clinique de Genolier considers
itself exemplary. 'Our general infection rate is less than 3%, whereas the
average for Swiss hospitals is 4.9%,' says Antoine Hubert. 'We can do even
better thanks to this new suite because everything is designed to avoid the
risk of infection.' The installation of feeder arms in the ceiling and the
completely separate treatment of medical devices are a concrete reflection
of this determination to avoid sources of infection. The air conditioning
also meets the extremely strict criteria imposed by the Federal Office of
Public Health (FOPH - OFSP).

For two years, Clinique de Genolier managers travelled the world, visiting
conferences and trade fairs, doctors and hospitals, in order to improve
their knowledge of the latest technologies used in operating suites and
futuristic innovations. 'We wanted the best there is in the field,'
explains Antoine Hubert. 'We therefore took time to study the market in
order to produce one of the most up-to-date operating suites in Europe!'
Everything in this new suite has been designed to facilitate the work of
the surgical team: variable-colour lighting to suit the type of operation,
comfortable surroundings, the latest ergonomics, digital interface, etc. 
Patient treatment will be optimised thanks to a computer-controlled
protocol and a very detailed computerised checklist. In addition, the
bespoke storage areas will hold 3,500 consumable items, 7,000 instruments
and almost 250 surgical trays.

To date, 80 registered surgeons regularly use the Genolier operating suite.
Whether they come from Switzerland or abroad, they can rely on an efficient
team of 35 people trained in the use of these modern technologies and able
to respond to the many requirements of the Genolier clientele.

Photos of the operating suite can be found at (password: gsmn2011): 

Genolier Swiss Medical Network SA (GSMN) is the second largest network of
private clinics in Switzerland. Its growth strategy focuses on the creation
of a national network through the acquisition of clinics and the
restructuring of their operations. GSMN's main aim is to offer first class
hospital care to Swiss and foreign patients. The distinctive features of
GSMN include its high quality services, its brand value, a pleasant working
environment and an experienced management team with an entrepreneurial
approach. GSMN currently operates seven private establishments in
Switzerland (Clinique de Genolier, Clinique de Montchoisi, Clinique
Valmont, Clinique Générale, Centre médico-chirurgical des Eaux-Vives,
Privatklinik Bethanien and Klinik Lindberg), with more than 660 practising
physicians and 1'014 employees. The Group is listed on the Domestic
Standard of the SIX Swiss Exchange (GSMN:SW).. 

Further information   
Séverine Van der Schueren 
GSMN Secretary General
Tel. 022 366 99 87

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